Points Of Interest

Partido Beach– a shoreline of volcanic sand located in Sabang, San Jose. A descent resort is available in the area.

Mt. Isarog– Climbing this mountain that measures about 1976m will present a picture perfect view of the rugged terrains of San Miguel bay, Lagonoy Gulf and the enchanting rock formations of Caramoan Peninsula. It is a leisure hike with rewarding results that only takes about 3-4 days. The trek starts with vehicle ride from Naga to Bgy. Panicuason and hike for 3 hours to reach the first camp. Refill your water jugs and head after a while for a 5 hour hike to a research station of the in charged environmental protection- Haribon Foundation. Rest and prepare for the 2 hours climb to the summit. Follow the same trail on the way back or move down via Bgy. Ocampo.

Panigwasan Falls– one among the many watersheds drenching the soil of Mt. Isarog. It is a 4 hour hike from Carolina, a mountain resort about 9 km. from Naga City.

Pasacao Beach– is the closest beach to Naga, which can be reached in an hour drive. Some overnight rustic accommodations are available in the area.

Lake Buhi– a crater lake of an ancient volcano and the home of tabios or sinarapan- the world’s tiniest freshwater fish. Don’t miss to check the well alligned trees surrounding the volcano. They seem to look as if properly arranged in rows by humans; they are not.

Mt Iriga– locally called Mt. Asog, this volcano lying next to Lake Buhi has unfussy trek route suited for inexperienced climbers. It is much less high than Mt. Isarog but offers an impressive view of Mt Mayon, Mt Isarog and the scenic Lake Buhi from its summit. It even gives a silhouette sight of Catanduanes Island. Start your trek with a jeepney ride from Iriga to Buhi, a boat ride across the lake to an Aeta settlement and inquire for some guides. Rest and prepare for an early morning start the next day. There are not enough trees against the raging heat of the sun so bring a lot of water, as it can be scarce along the way. You may take the same way back or ask your guide for other descent route but be nice to give them extra for the fare back to their village.

Caramoan Peninsula– From manila, it’s an 8-hour trip to Naga City in bicol. Starting from Naga, take a 2-hour jeepney ride from Naga to Sabang. From there, it’s another 2-hour banca ride to Guihalo. From Guihalo Port, it’s a 30-minute jeepney ride to the town proper & another 30-minute tricycle to Gota beach -the entree point to most surrounding islands. Kayaking is a worthwhile activity around the Peninsula. On clear weather, hop to the islands of Minalagos, Kalagikhik, Matukad and Lahos and discover their hidden lagoons and caves. For diving, only well trained divers are recommended to try in this area. Snorkeling is best to explore its stunning limestones and pretty islets. However be smart to bring your own packed lunch and a lot of drinking water as food and safe water can be insufficient around the area or inquire the local tourism department before going.

Bicol- The land Of Ultimate Adventure

Bicol Region embraces the southernmost provinces of Luzon. Past Queson, the first province starts from Daet and stretches its territory up to Sorsogon and its island provinces- Masbate and Catanduanes. The whole region is called the land of raging fire for its scattered volcanoes of which most are active. Aside from its towering volcanic peaks, Bicol’s undiscovered coastlines, untamed wildlife and unexploited forests comprise the richness of its natural environment. Daet, Camarines Norte, the first province in the peninsula is a remarkable surfing destination. It has rolling curls for learners and walloping waves during season for advance surfers. Best places to visit are Bagasbas beach and Mercedes Beach.

Mt. Mayon- 1984 Eruption Camarines Sur relatively has lush environment for adventure trips. Naga City, the business hub gearing up local business needs is the starting point to Caramoan Peninsula and Mt. Isarog- an extinct volcano. Mount Isarog is a favorite destination of mountaineers hungry for jungle experience and refreshing sights of streams, springs and falls, while Caramoan Peninsula is backdrop of rugged coastline surrounded by scattered islets covered with strips of white sand and hidden lagoons.

Caramoan has captivating blue water dominated by shorelines of rocky small islands, towering limestones, and beaches along the nearby coastal villages. A pure feast in the eyes, these small coasts of mostly white sand bars are hardly inaccessible by land and can be only explored by prearranged boat-ride. This inconvenience, however, retained the image of Caramoan’s rugged appearance as a true illustration of isolated wilderness. With this extreme simplicity everyone has to endure before getting in the area, villagers boast of having no unreasonable exploitation of their natural wealth. They are aware that Caramoan Peninsula still displays an image of seclusion and might disappear if constructed openly for outsiders.

Daraga ChurchFurther down the long road of Bicol is Albay, a province of sheer beauty and home to the reining Mt. Mayon. Visiting some of its towns brings you to numerous historic churches nestling around the peripherals of this beautifully symmetrical volcano. And if still has the energy for a more thrilling adventure, Sorsogon is the ultimate province to exlore. Known for its rolling hills, hotsprings, sleeping volcano, hidden lakes and its underwater giants- the whale sharks and manta rays, unlike other places of Bicol, Sorsogon obviously is the finale of an absolute environmental tour.

For those who have never heard such abundance of nature, Bicol is an ultimate destination both for discovery and adventure trips.

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